• Kara Reilly. Theatre Performance and Analogue Technology: Interfaces and Intermedialities. Basingstoke: Palgrave, forthcoming, 2013.

    This edited essay collection offers a historical and cultural survey of analogue technology in performance that is the first of its kind. Reilly’s introduction carves out the field of historical performance and technology through examining analogue performance. Critiquing theorists of digital intermediality for their lack of historical consciousness, these newly theorised essays examine interfaces between the body and analogue technology and the resulting intermediality. From incubator babies to the eidophusikon, from the ombres chinoises to automata, from pantomime fairies to the deus ex machina, this collection is an original examination of the precursors to contemporary digital performance.
  • Kara Reilly. Automata: A Spectacular History of Mimesis. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011.

    A trans-historical interdisciplinary monograph that is the first of its kind. The study examines automata as theatrical performers of mimesis or the representation of reality on the stage of history. Because automata are precursors to our digital age and antecedents to the personal computer they are often considered part of the history of technology.  This study is the first to explore automata from the perspective of theatre history and performance studies. It is interdisciplinary, uses original archival material, and is of interest to scholars in theatre history, performance studies, digital culture, and art history.

Articles and book chapters


  • Kerrie Schaefer. 'MED Theatre and environmental change on Dartmoor and in community performance research' in Research in Drama Education. Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance Studies, v.17 n2, 2012: 247–263.

    This article critically interrogates the notion of community in a suite of performances on the issue of climate change by community-based MED Theatre. The discussion draws implications from that analysis for the field of community-based performance.
  • Kerrie Schaefer. 'Something is happening here! Big hART’s Ngapartji Ngapartji at ICAF, Rotterdam', International Community Arts Festival, Rotterdam, 2012. See the International Community Arts Festival website for more details.

    This article appears in a book aimed at community theatre practitioners, researchers and social and cultural policy makers. The discussion explores an Indigenous theatre project – Ngapartji Ngapartji - by Big hART, a leading Australian community cultural development company. The notion of indigenous cosmopolitanism is central to the analysis of the Rotterdam performance. Big hART’s model of evaluation is also pointed to as good practice in the field.


  • Kerrie Schaefer. 'The Birabahn/Threlkeld project: place, history, memory, performance and coexistence' in Haedicke, Susan C; Heddon D; Oz A; Westlake E J (eds.) Political Performances: Theory and Practice, Amsterdam, New York, NY: Rodopi, 2009, 311-330.

    This book chapter examines a practice-based research and community cultural development project which explored co-existence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in Lake Macquarie, NSW.
  • Kerrie Schaefer. 'Staging encounters with the radically absent(ed). The politics and ethics of recent UK performance about asylum' in About Performance, vol. 9, no. Playing Politics: Performance, Community and Social Change, 2009: 87-101.

    This article explores work by three UK-based performance companies, and examines creative responses to tragic events concerning refugees and asylum seekers. The discussion elaborates Salverson’s notion of 'foolish witness' and applies it to these Boalian, Documentary Theatre and contemporary modes of performance.


  • Jerri Daboo. 'Unveiled: interrogating the use applied drama in culturally-specific sites', Research in Drama Education, 12: 1, 2007, pp. 55–64.

    This article examines the high incidence of self-harm among Asian women in Britain, and a drama-based project with Asian women in a community centre in Bristol.